After breakfast, we all pitched in and tidied up the kitchen and then went back to our rooms to change into some comfortable travel clothes. All three kayaks were loaded in the trailer. Our luggage and fishing gear were covered in garbage bags, because there was a high chance of rain, and then neatly organized in the bed of the truck leaving enough room in the cab for a fairly comfortable three to four hour ride. By 8:30 a.m. we were fueled up with a full take and officially on-our-way! Dot, who was also part of our original travel troupe was unable to join us for the group drive down. She would meet us in Matlacha later in the afternoon.
It was noon by the time we took a right hand turn onto Pine Island Road. We were only about three miles from our hotel but check-in wasn't until 3:00 so we all agreed to stop at the first decent looking restaurant we came upon and have a bite to eat before reaching our destination. That eatery happened to be Miceli's Restaurant. We pulled into the parking lot and maneuvered the truck and trailer so it wouldn't be in anyone's way and then walked inside. The first thing we noticed as we were greeted by the hostess was the glass case displaying all of their decadent desserts. If our eyes could talk, they would've said, "Let's bypass lunch and just order a sampler of desserts". The hostess escorted us out to the back patio where they offered outside dining and led us to a table. It was quite breezy so we had to hold on to our napkins but the scenery next to a canal gave us a nice view. It had a very relaxing atmosphere.